The Grand Strand of South Carolina
Beaches, golf courses, and local culture are among the attractions of the Grand Strand
The Atlantic coastline on the Grand Strand features broad, silky beaches that draw hoards of visitors. Those in Myrtle Beach have a high-energy vibe, while areas like Pawleys Island feel more relaxed. Among the most popular are Crescent Beach, lined with a variety of hotels; Cherry Grove; and Windy Hill, as well as those at the state parks.
A good bet for those seeking some peace and relaxation are the Grand Strand’s two state parks. Myrtle Beach State Park offers picnic areas, nature trails, playgrounds for the little ones, and a fishing pier. Over near Litchfield, Huntington Beach State Park is a great place to get back to nature, with prime options for hiking, camping, fishing, and bird watching.
Golfers of all skill levels will find courses to their liking along the Grand Strand, as there are more than 100 to choose from. Greens designed by big names such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Robert Trent Jones are among the offerings, as well as a variety of surroundings that include pine forests, dunes, and marshes.
Experience local Southern culture on a tour of a local plantation, such as Hopsewee Plantation. Another option for exploration is a kayak or pontoon boat tour around the shores of Georgetown, where visitors can see the ruins of rice plantations.
In addition to the lively Myrtle Beach, great destinations along the coast range from the quaint and quiet Litchfield Beach to historic Murrells Inlet, known as the “seafood capital of South Carolina.” Other attractive towns include family-focused Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach, less crowded than its neighbor but with similar amusements and offerings.